Olango Island

The Olango Island or Olango Islands is a group of 10.3 sq kilometer (1,030 ha or 2,500 acres) islands within Cebu Strait in Lapu-Lapu and Cordova, Cebu Province, Central Visayas Region, Philippines, which includes Olango Island and 6 islands of Sulpa , Gilutongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Panganan, and Camungi. The entire area is the Ramsar Wetland Site known as Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Olongo Islands has a flat-lagoon reef and a deep wall that is considered one of the most extensive coral reefs in Central Visayas for world-class snorkeling and diving. The islands are surrounded by sandy beach, rocky shoreline, inshore flats, seagrass beds, coral reefs, mangrove forest, mudflats, and salt marsh grass.

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The island group of Olango is a group of islands consisting of Olango Island and 6 adjacent islands bound by sustainable fringing coral reefs where steep coral walls in the west and sloping reefs on the east coast and reef plains. Low islands have a height of not more than 10 meters (33 feet).

In the center of the islands is a vast tidal plain covering an area of 9.2 sq kilometers (920 hectares or 2,300 acres). Diverse coastal ecosystems comprise the most extensive mound and mangrove in the province of Cebu. The island's mainland is almost entirely flat and the offshore reef is home to a number of marine species.

Olango Island is one of the seven most famous aviation paths in the world for bird migration where the 920 hectare Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for migratory birds from Siberia, North China and Japan. These birds flock to the island to seek refuge from the northern winter climate.

The place supports the largest concentration of migratory birds found so far in the Philippines that includes 97 species with 48 species of which are migratory birds, while the rest are islanders. The birds use Olango as the main station on their way to Australia and New Zealand.

Among the guests coming from July to November are Chinese egret (Egretta eulophotes), Asian dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus), Far Eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) and red knot (Calidris canutus). President Corazon Aquino announced 1,020 hectares of flats as a protected area on May 14, 1992 and recorded in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance on 1 July 1994.

Location: Cebu Province, Central Visayas Region, Philippines.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Mactan-Cebu International Airport at Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, Metro Cebu. Then use a taxi or jeepney to Angasil Port or to Hilton Port to use the boat to Santa Rosa Port on Olango Island.

Advice: Olango maintains a tropical climate and the greatest fluctuations are usually only 3C. The driest months are January to April and the dry season can last until mid-May.

Olango Island is known for its world-class dive sites where tourists will dive scuba in three different spots around the island. Mabini Point is located at the north end of the island down to 35 meters at the drop-off to watch the hammerhead shark (Sphyrnidae) and whale shark (Rhincodon typus).

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Baring Point is along the north-west side of the island where the wall begins at 20 meters (60 ft) and ends at 70 meters (220 ft) before disappearing on a gradual slope. Gray reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos), tuna, barracuda (Sphyraena), snapper, and jacks can be found around this area.

A little farther south is the Rosa Point which starts with a soft sandy bottom covered with soft corals leading to a decline of 15 meters to 50 meters. There are different types of reef fish in shallow waters here, while in the deeper parts include fusiliers, catfish, jacks, snappers, and sweetlips.

Some accommodations include Olango Star Inn, Talima Beach Villas and Dive Resort, Isla Bonita Inn, Shalala Beach Rooms and Cottages, Payag sa Asinan Eco-Tourism Park, Triponia's Homestay, Sagastrand Beach Resort and Restaurant, and Casa Blanca.

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